Honeywell Lyric C2 :
With its full HD sensor and free cloud storage, the Honeywell Lyric C2 is a great budget camera, but limited recording means that it’s not ideal everywhere.
- Combination of cloud and SD card recording
- Wide-angle lens
- Smart sound detection
- Can’t upgrade cloud storage
- Video footage can lack detail
- Review Price: £139.99
- Four motion zones
- Sound detection can recognize alarms and babies crying
- 1080p sensor
- 145-degree field of view
- Built-in microphone and speaker
What is the Honeywell Lyric C2?
Honeywell is expanding its Lyric system with the addition of the T6 thermostat and W1 leak detector with a C2 wireless camera. This is the second camera in the range and is designed as a smart version of the basic C1 of the original Lyric camera.
Integrated sound recognition, a 1080 wide-angle sensor and free cloud storage make the Lyric C2 an attractive camera.
Honeywell Lyric C2 – Design and build
Honeywell shows distinct thanks to the round body of Lyric C2. As attractive as it looks, it has a somewhat cheaper and plastic feel to the body of the camera.
Still, the stand is very well designed, giving you plenty of room to adjust the Lyric C2 and capture the space of a room you are interested in. You can even mount the camera to wall- or ceiling-mount.
Pop from the Lyric C2 housing and you can go to the microSD card slot. It has an 8GB card that doesn’t sound like a lot, but since the camera comes with free cloud storage, this local storage only serves as a backup.
Honeywell Lyric C2 – Features
Lyric C2 is managed through the Lyric application which is also on other products under the brand. It’s neat, it gives you a place to handle everything. Lyric app with a large and friendly interface is not bad
Once the camera is connected, you can drop down to view the feed directly to monitor what’s going on. From the app, you can control when the camera is turned on. The easiest way to do this is with geolocation, turn on the camera when you exit and you back off the Honeywell to let you set both the location of your home and the radius of geofence so you can set the correct switch point.
If you don’t want to use geofencing, you can put Lyric C2 in manual mode, and turn it on and off just as you can see. It is a shame that there is no prescribed mode.
Up to four motion detection zones can be added, allowing you to choose the right area of interest to monitor. This dramatically reduces false warnings. Well, you can set the motion sensitivity to help more for each field – for example by reducing the sensitivity around the windows.
Sound recognition allows the camera to hear for alertness. Slowly, it is designed to tell the difference between different sounds, so that it can cause smoke and CO alarms and kids to cry. You can adjust the sensitivity in the app. Finally, you can use Lyric C2’s built-in speakers and microphone to communicate with someone at home or talk to your pet while you’re away.
Honeywell Lyric C2 – Performance
Honeywell gives you free cloud storage, clips are stored in the cloud for 24 hours as well as internal storage. This combination is quite neat and means the camera can continue to record if your internet connection goes down.
There is no option to increase the amount of cloud storage or add continuous recordings to the mix; Lyric C2 only saves clips when motion or sound detection is triggered. Thanks to the motion detection zones and sensitivity settings, I got some false positives from the camera.
Word recognition is not only designed to spot loud noises, but also specially for children to detect crying and alarm smoking. Examining the camera, I set my Nest Protect Alarm, and soon received a message from Lyric C2 informing me that a smoke alarm had been detected.
Other words are taken as standard precautions. I’ve found that C2 doesn’t always bomb me out with caution, which is a problem with other sound-detecting cameras that seem to be triggered by most minor things. If you are getting false alerts, there are three levels of noise sensitivity, so you can reduce the level of audio with Lyric C2 alert.
It’s easy enough to browse through the list of events, with everyone getting a great thumbnail, so you can easily see what’s going on. All clips can be downloaded to your phone, which is a great way to back up the evidence. If your camera is stolen, you need to be quick to grab the clip, as cloud storage lasts only 24 hours.
Honeywell Lyric C2 – Video quality
Thanks to the 145-degree lens, the Lyric C2 allows you to easily capture an entire house wherever it is. A 1080p sensor captures decent footage for the most part. The high compression shot smooths out some of the details, though easily identifying individuals has enough information behind it leaves I found that the image can be a bit dark at times and there is no option to add brightness to the app. In the end, the video quality of the C2 is equivalent to that of a competing 1080p camera.
At night, the camera switches to IR mode. It illuminated my test room sufficiently. Some more details are wasted and the image becomes quite soft, but again you can see what’s clearly going on and it’s still possible to identify the individuals.
Although the C2 has the same image quality as the other 1080p cameras I tested, if you want the best, most pin-sharp image, the Nest Cam IQ is a must buy security camera.
Honeywell Lyric C2 – Voice assistants and IFTTT
IFTTT support is built-in, and you can use camera speed or voice recognition to trigger other devices, say automatically turn on the lights.
Alexa support is available by streaming footage from the camera to your screen-enabled Echo, such as the Echo Show. If you just want to monitor what’s going on, this is an easy way to drop-in to your camera.
Google Home can detect the camera after you log into your Lyric account, but is unable to add it to your home, so you can stream footage to a Chromecast.
Why buy the Lyric C2?
If you’ve got other Lyric devices, C2 is a good addition and gives you an app that can handle everything. Even if you do not have a Lyric device, buying free cloud storage is a compelling reason, though it would be nice to have alternative options available to extend the storage time online.
A maximum of four speeds cut off the false positives, captivating both the region and the word recognition. The image quality isn’t the best I’ve seen, and there are cameras that can give you cleaner video, with the trade you have to pay for cloud storage.
A smart security camera with powerful audio recognition and free cloud storage, but video quality can be better.